Imperioli in June 2007
March 26, 1966 |
Mount Vernon, New York, United States
|Spouse(s)||Victoria Chlebowski (m. 1995)|
Michael Imperioli (born March 26, 1966) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He is known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He also appeared in the TV drama series Law & Order as Detective Nick Falco. Imperioli spent the 2008-2009 television season as Detective Ray Carling in the US version of Life on Mars. He was starring as Detective Louis Fitch in the ABC police drama Detroit 1-8-7 until its cancellation. He wrote and directed his first feature film The Hungry Ghosts in 2008 which was the Opening Night Selection for the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Imperioli, an Italian American, was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver, and amateur actress Claire Imperioli. In his early childhood he attended Lincoln School in Mount Vernon. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, New York in 1983.
Imperioli has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards as well as for five Emmy Awards for his work as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos; he won one Emmy, for the show's fifth season in 2004.
In addition to his role on The Sopranos, Imperioli has appeared in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Clockers, Dead Presidents, Lean on Me, I Shot Andy Warhol, Last Man Standing, Shark Tale, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, and Summer of Sam, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. In addition, he has also written a number of episodes for The Sopranos.
Imperioli is an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America and co-hosted their May 2009 annual benefit concert, "A Great Night in Harlem", at the Apollo Theater, which celebrated the foundation's 20th anniversary.
Working with the writer Gabriele Tinti, he wrote the text Pride for Tinti's book New York Shots, and participated in a reading of The Way of the Cross at the Queens Museum of Art in 2011.
He won the "Tournament of Stars" competition on the cooking show Chopped in 2014, sending $50,000 to his designated charity the Pureland Project, an organization which builds and maintains schools in rural Tibet.
Married to Victoria Chlebowski since 1995, he lives in Santa Barbara, California, and is a father of three, including his son, Vadim, an aspiring actor and comedian who appeared in Detroit 1-8-7 with his father. Michael and his wife are students of Tibetan Buddhist Lama Garchen Rinpoche.
Politically, he is an Independent, because he "feels limited by the two party system"; he typically votes as a Democrat. Michael Imperioli practices taekwondo in his spare time.
|1989||Lean on Me||Punk who gets expelled by Joe Clark|
|1991||Jungle Fever||James Tucci|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Johnny|
|1992||Malcolm X||Reporter at Fire Bombing|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Dry Cleaning Costumer #1|
|1993||Joey Breaker||Larry Metz|
|1993||Household Saints||Leonard Villanova|
|1994||Scenes from the New World||Billy|
|1994||Amateur||Doorman at Club|
|1994||Postcards from America||The Hustler|
|1995||The Basketball Diaries||Bobby|
|1996||Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy Boots||Johnny|
|1996||Sweet Nothing||Angel' the crackhead family man|
|1996||Girl 6||Scary Caller #30|
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Ondine|
|1996||Last Man Standing||Giorgio Carmonte|
|1997||A River Made to Drown In||Allen Hayden|
|1997||Office Killer||Daniel Birch|
|1997||Under the Bridge|
|1998||Witness to the Mob||Louie Milito|
|1998||Too Tired to Die||Fabrizio|
|1999||On the Run||Albert DeSantis|
|1999–2007||The Sopranos||Christopher Moltisanti||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2004)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999, 2007)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2002, 2004)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2001, 2003, 2006-2007)
Nominated—PRISM Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series (2003)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2002, 2004, 2006)
|1999||Summer of Sam||Midnight|
|2002||Love in the Time of Money||Will|
|2003||High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story||Stu Ungar|
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||Dominic|
|2004||Shark Tale||Frankie (voice)|
|2004||The Five People You Meet in Heaven||Captain|
|2005||Law & Order||Det. Falco|
|2006||The Simpsons||Dante, Jr.||Episode: "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"|
|2007–2008||Life on Mars||Det. Ray Carling|
|2007||The Inner Life of Martin Frost||Jim Fortunato|
|2007||Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day||Charley 'Chick' Benetto|
|2009||Hungry Ghosts||Nominated—International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Award|
|2009||The Lovely Bones||Len Fenerman|
|2010||Detroit 1-8-7||Det. Louis Fitch|
|2010||Love & Distrust||Stud|
|2011||Stuck Between Stations||David|
|2013||The Call||Alan Denado|
|2013||The Office||Sensei Billy||Episode: "Livin' the Dream"|
|2014||Rake||Alberto Rinaldi||Episode: "Bigamist"|
|2014||Chopped||Himself||Episodes: "Tournament of Stars: Actors", "Tournament of Stars: Finale"|
|2015||Hawaii Five-0||Odell Martin||Episodes: "E 'Imi pono", "Kahania"|
- "Michael Imperioli Biography (1966?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- Buckley, Cara; Thomas J. Lueck (September 5, 2007). "Pipe Bomb Shatters the Night Outside a Theater Owned by a 'Sopranos' Actor". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
- "Michael Imperioli's band 'La Dolce Vita' performing at Don Hills New York City 2007". erikremec.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "Michael Imperioli Nabs Lead in ABC Drama Pilot". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- "Imperioli: Tae Kwon Do Changed His Life". Washingtonpost.com. 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- Heins, Barbara (20 April 2014). "Actors Michael Imperioli, Deborah Royce Join Greenwich International Film Festival Board". Greenwich Patch.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Michael Imperioli Joins ‘Californication’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
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